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2009 in Review (Metal)

D. J. Roberts "Acid Wizard"
 
Loss
Loss
"Start with my album of the year. Simply mesmerising Black Metal. Reminds of Drudkh and WITTR. Intense, emotional, perfect. A stalwart example of modern BM done right, faultlessly brilliant debut."
VI/Klagopsalmer
VI/Klagopsalmer
"Shining have produced there most varied work to date, but it can't hold a candle to the flawless 'V'. Worth getting assuming you're familiar with the band."
Across The Dark (Cd+dvd)
Across The Dark (Cd+dvd)
"The inclusion of clean vocals may grate on some and the reuse of the Above The Weeping World riff is frankly, bizarre. Nonetheless a strong effort. But get Above The Weeping World first."
This City Speaks in Tongues
This City Speaks in Tongues
"Again not as good as the previous effort but still very good. 2009 seems to be the year for maintaining rather than surpassing."
The Divinity Of Oceans
The Divinity Of Oceans
"And we break the mould with Ahab who surpass there debut in everyway. If you're new to the band get both albums but this is the superior."
Grand Feast For Vultures
Grand Feast For Vultures
"This also surpasses the debut. About as groundbreaking as a sponge but necksnapplingly addictive and contains some white hot riffs. Brilliant stuff."
Spoils Of Failure
Spoils Of Failure
"Buried Inside seem to have gone down a much sludgier path with this one, sounds almost like Cult of Luna circa The Beyond at times. By no means a bad thing but doesn't beat Chronoclast."
Evolution Through Revolution
Evolution Through Revolution
"On repeated listens this has really grown on me. May be the best Grind Album this year, reccomended"
House of the Unholy
House of the Unholy
"Imagine Black Sabbath is a Japenese band. That's Church of Misery and they're here to make you bang your head. Awesome."
Time Waits For No Slave
Time Waits For No Slave
"Like Brutal Truth this does nothing new, it's a fun listen and that's all that really matters. Hard to reccomend above anything else ND have done but still great."
Microcosmos
Microcosmos
"One of the best this year. Drudkh are simply an institution now. One of the best bands on the planet."
The Devil You Know
The Devil You Know
"Hmmmm....it's pretty good. I mean it's not as good as the orignal Black Sabbath. Or Dio for that matter. But it's pretty good. Ok. Enjoyable at times."
Crack the Skye
Crack the Skye
"In my opinion the best thing they've done by a country mile. To be honest they've gone very mainstream but it sounds great and that's all that counts. Great Album."
No Time To Bleed (Standard Version)
No Time To Bleed (Standard Version)
"Deathcore done well? Hell yes! Ok SS are by no stretch original but this is a solid slab of modern death metal that should please all but the most elitest metal heads. Top stuff"
Those Whom The Gods Detest (limited digipack)
Those Whom The Gods Detest (limited digipack)
"Uber technical, Uber furious, Uber heavy. I didn't expect anything else really. Nile on good form after Ithyphallic's dip and the best effort since In Their Darkened Shrines."
Swarth
Swarth
"...ok this is by far the most extreme music I have EVER heard. Seriously crushing and disturbed death metal, not sure what to say other than it's totally unique and not for the faint of heart."
Evangelion
Evangelion
"Behemoth, Behemoth, Behemoth, I wanna love you but I can't, I wanna hate you but I can't. This is pretty damn good, the most energetic of their albums and if I'm honest, probably their best."
Axe To Fall
Axe To Fall
"A less spazzy sound and a monumentous production makes this the most accessible of converges albums. I prefer No Heroes but this is still exceptional."
Black Cascade
Black Cascade
"Another highly reccomended amospheric black metal album with folky touches. Can't compare to earlier stuff as its the first album I've heard, but it's a great listen that I highly enjoyed."
Blood Oath
Blood Oath
"It's Suffocation, you know what to expect. Nothing has really changed at all with Suffocation but I'm not complaining, great band, great albums and predictably, this is also great."